Helsinki Museums – Free Fridays

During a visit to any city, visiting a museum is always something that can be tacked onto the agenda. Especially in Europe, there is no shortage of museums to visit – it’s an embarrassment of riches so to speak. Normally, museums have some sort of free admission day, albeit maybe with certain date/time/age/citizenship restrictions and Helsinki’s museums are no exception.

Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma Lobby

While researching for a visit to Helsinki, I searched through the city’s museums in case anything interesting was in town. I also quickly jotted down the free admission times/days and found that the major ones all fall on Fridays, with restrictions. Alas, my visit didn’t to Helsinki did not match this criteria but I’m here to present this info to you in case your visit matches. As an aside, this is not an exhaustive list of all museums in Helsinki with their free entrance days. Rather, it’s a compiled list of 4 museums in or near the Helsinki core which are really worth spending a couple of hours in (though that would do it no justice, but hey, unless you are here for more than a week, we’ve only got one Friday right?). If you have kids younger than 18, I note their free admission as well for each museum.

In no particular order, here are your 4 options:

Luomus – Finnish Museum of Natural History

Free entrance on the first Friday of the month at the following times:

Summer (June 1– Aug 31) at 14:00–17:00
Winter (Jan 1–May 31 and Sept 1– Dec 31) at 13:00–16:00

Free entry for children under 18

Website:  http://www.luomus.fi/en/natural-history-museum

Let’s face it, everybody (well, almost) loves natural history museums.  It’s got collections of botanical specimens, geological artifacts and everyone’s favorite, taxidermed animals and dinosaur skeletons! Adults will enjoy it and the kids will love it. Situated a couple blocks south east of The Temppeliaukio Church, and near the Mannerheimintie , it’s something that can be enjoyed on the way to your next itinerary stop.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma

Free admission day on the first Friday of the month
Free entry for children under 18

Website: http://www.kiasma.fi/en/

Housed in a pretty funky looking building inside, it’s located on Mannerheiminaukio and is the top contemporary art museum in Finland.  It belongs under the umbrella of the Finish National Gallery to exhibit their contemporary art collection. The building interior itself is nice to look at as well, with it’s clean architectural lines and with white being the prominent color. Friday or not, do what I did – just walk through it’s doors and have a quick look around – I think you’ll be impressed just looking around the lobby area.

Museum of Finnish Architecture

Free entry on the first Friday of the month
Free entry for children under 18
Free for school pupils with a teacher

Website:  http://www.mfa.fi

Located in the heart of the Design District a couple blocks south of the Esplanadi Park, it is, as it’s name signifies, an architectural museum. The museum is heavily involved in promoting modern architecture in Finland and abroad. With the museum exhibitions, bookshop, and library, it’s got everything you need to learn about Finnish architecture all under one roof.

National Museum of Finland

Free entry every Friday 4 pm – 6 pm
Free entry for children under 18

Website:  http://www.kansallismuseo.fi/en/nationalmuseum

The National Museum Finland

The National Museum Finland

Conveniently located on Mannerheimintie, this museum presents the history of Finland throughout the ages compartmentalized within the four floors of the building. The top floor has a Workshop Vintti, an interactive exhibition where your children can use their hands and brains to study the history of Finland. Unlike the other museums, this free entry is not as restrictive as it is EVERY Friday (as opposed to first Friday of a month).

Visit and Enjoy

Hope this provided some tidbit of research information and saves you time from having to go around searching yourself. If you can’t make it on a free admission day/time, still consider visiting one of the museums if it suits your interest. Remember, all museums require our support to keep them running for years to come.

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